Demetrios Tzamplakon

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Demetrios Tzamplakon (Greek: Δημήτριος Τζαμπλάκων, fl. 1345–1366/67) was a Byzantine aristocrat and senior military leader.

The Tzamplakones were an important and wealthy aristocratic family attested since the mid-13th century, when one of its members achieved the high military rank of Domestic of the Schools. Alexios Tzamplakon, Demetrios' father, was this man's son.[1][2] His brothers, Asomatianos and Arsenios, also achieved high offices during the same period.[3] Demetrios was married to Eudokia Palaiologina and had several children, whose names are unknown. One of his daughters married a certain Nikephoros Laskaris, attested at Christoupolis (modern Kavala) in 1366/67.[4]

Demetrios is first attested in 1345, already holding the senior military rank of megas stratopedarches, during the siege of Serres by the forces of the Serbian ruler Stephen Dushan. A large part of the city's population, under Manuel Asen, wanted to surrender the city to the Serbs, while Tzamplakon led the loyalist faction.[2][5] After the city's fall, he withdrew to Christoupolis, and is still attested in the 1360s.[2] He donated his extensive lands in Macedonia to the Vatopedi Monastery of Mount Athos.[2]


  1. ^ ODB, "Tzamblakon" (A. Kazhdan), p. 2135.
  2. ^ a b c d PLP, 27755. Τζαμπλάκων ∆ημήτριος.
  3. ^ Guilland 1967, pp. 509, 550.
  4. ^ PLP, 14555. Λάσκαρις Νικηφόρος; 27755. Τζαμπλάκων ∆ημήτριος.
  5. ^ Guilland 1967, p. 509.